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Kill or Bee Killed

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Bailey’s Granny Bee and the Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch in Humble Hills, Colorado are hosting a baking competition and other festivities. All is fun and games until the celebrity emcee gets himself murdered and Bailey's BFF is the prime suspect. Let the sleuthing begin and the grannies do their thing. Good laughs in an interesting series with great characters and some inventive sleuthing.
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This was a cute follow up (2nd book in series) where we get to know the characters more in depth. There are 2 murders in this book, which was a nice add.

Favorite Character: Doc He is quite funny, and the dad jokes in this book were very funny

I hope the series continues, because we all really need to know who Daisy's dad is!

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This is the first book I have read from this author. I really enjoyed it but it kept alluding to things that have happened in the previous book. I decided to go back and read the first book before I finished this one. I think you can read this book without reading the first but it made it more enjoyable. Wonderful mystery and characters some laugh out loud moments. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Bailey was stumped when her best friend Evie became the number one suspect in the murder mystery. She refused to believe it and set about finding the killer. Her investigation led her deep into the victim’s past, unearthing hidden secrets. It was very entertaining, exciting, intriguing, and captivating.

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This is an excellent cozy! The second in the A Bee Keeping mystery series. Engaging characters, strong story plot and a smooth pace mystery make this read such fun. You will be kept guessing as who done the crime. I want more of this series! Thanks #Netgalley and #CrookedLaneBooks for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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This is a charming engaging cozy mystery that is second in the " Bee Keeping Mystery Series." We return to Bailey in a small town in Colorado who is a mystery writer. She has a daughter and is close with her Grandmother Bee . Her Grandmother is joining in a town festival when a murder occurs of a visiting celebrity. Bailey's best friend is suspected and Bailey is on the case with Grandma and her friends to clear her name,
The sleuth was well crafted to conclusion and I did not guess the suspect. I enjoyed the build up of the sleuth and how the author created red herrrings and clues along the way,. All the characters are a perfect fit to the series and a romance is included with a possible future in the next book. This is a wonderfully fun cozy series with great sleuth, interesting characters and a perfect small town setting. I look forward to the next in series.,

Thank you to the publisher, Net Galley and the author for the opportunity.,

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Kill or Bee Killed is the second book in the series A Bee Keeping Mystery.
Bailey Briggs and Daisy, her daughter, are busy helping her grandmother get ready for the bee festival in Humble Hills, Colorado. The whole town is excited about this festival. This festival is sponsored by Bailey’s Granny Bee and the Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch.
I enjoy every character in this series and this book has so much packed into the story that turning the pages as I was reading to find out who committed the murder and why is so fun to solve the murder. I was stumped several times when I thought I had it solved but the twists and turns were tossed in and only made the book better as I read it.
Thank you NetGalley, Jennie Marts and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC of Kill or Bee Killed. This is my personal review.

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Jennie Marts has created a wonderful world in Humble Hills, Colorado that just delights me. The cast of characters, lead by Bailey Briggs and her quirky Grandma and various relatives provides a great backdrop for an engaging mystery and unfolding love story. There is one unanswered question that have me anxiously awaiting the next in the series that can't be soon enough!

I received a complimentary copy of tis book from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Great cozy mystery if you're a fan. Cute characters and a great story. Bailey, Granny Bee and the whole crew are back to solve another murder. This time it's the celebrity host of the Bake Off who was seen arguing with Bailey's bestie before his death. The whole crew springs into the investigation much to the dismay of the sherrif who has warned Bailey not to interfer. Who was the celebrity host really and who wanted him dead?

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The second outing for Bailey Briggs and the Bee Keeping Mystery series finds Bailey, a well-known mystery novelist, and her bestie Evie and daughter Daisy working on another murder during the town's Bee Festival. The sheriff and Bailey are getting closer, but Daisy's father is still a mystery to all. The mystery is a better one this time, but I still did not figure out the killer. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing an ARC.

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Release Date: June 4, 2024
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Humble Hills, Colorado, is abuzz with excitement over the upcoming annual Bee Festival, sponsored by Bailey’s Granny Bee and the Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch. The long weekend of festivities includes a beauty pageant, beekeeping demonstrations, a local restaurant bake-off, and a 3K Bear Run where all the participants are dressed as bears. The bake-off brings in a television crew from California to film, so it’s the most drama-filled part of the weekend, especially when the famous celebrity host winds up dead. Evie is suspected of the murder–and Bailey is quickly on the hunt for clues to clear Evie’s name, alongside Granny Bee and the hive. Sheriff Sawyer Dunn, is none too pleased to have Bailey buzzing around the investigation, but Bailey’s determined to uncover the truth, rescue her grannie’s beloved Bee Festival, and save her bestie.
They say you get more flies with honey, but in this case, more honey may mean you end up dead.

#killorbeekilled is the second book in the #beekeepingmystery series. This series is less cozy than most cozy mysteries and this book is no exception. Granny Bee, the hive, Daisy, Sawyer and Griff all return only this time Baileys Bestie is the only in bee-ig trouble! I love Evie and having her be the murder suspect was kind of hilarious. We get a lot more background on the characters and it was a bit heartbreaking. I’m really enjoying this series even though so far the killers have been very easy to guess! I’d recommend as a nice beach read this summer!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Bailey is participating in the Bee Festival her Granny Bee runs. With a cook off, a 3K Bear run and tons of activities going on, Bailey not only has many tasks to help things run smoothly, but she has the biggest job of all…supporting her BFF in the Bake Off.

When the celebrity host of the cook off is murdered, he’s found holding the bracelet of Bailie’s BFF, Evie, who had a bad interaction with the man earlier. With Evie as a prime suspect, Bailey adds sleuthing to her list of things to do and Granny Bee and her gal pals join in the fray to help find out who dunit and clear Evie’s name.

I didn’t read the first entry in this series and I had no rouble reading this one, so it reads fine as a stand alone…grab it and settle in for a fun and charming cozy mystery. You’ll be grabbing the first entry in the series afterwards, just like I did.

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Kill or Bee.Killed is the 2nd book in A Bee Keeping Mystery series and it is really good. The characters are very likeable, it has a god pace and the cozy mystery kept me guessing. If you want a cozy mystery with an exciting ending, this book is for you! Bailey Briggs is back in Humble Hills, CO with her 12 year old daughter Daisy. Bailey is a mystery writer and of course all of the things that happen are going to be used in her next book. Bailey's Grandma, Granny Bee, is involved.with the Bee Festival and Bailey, and Daisy are helping along with Bee's sisters Marigold and Aster. The sisters are fun characters. Bailey's best friend is Evie who is dating Griffin, a PI. Bailey is dating Detective Sawyer Dunn, her high school boyfriend. A celebrity, Rex Rafferty, is in town for the festival and is going to emcee the bake-off. Evie is a contestant. Rex isn't liked and causes some problems. There is a death at the festival and Evie is a suspect. Bailey and Evie are poking around and asking questions and as is typical, put themselves in difficult situations especially at the end. There is a lot going on. A main topic is bullying. The characters, relationships, humor, and romances make this such an enjoyable cozy mystery! I have read both books and they continues to unfold in an enjoyable story. #KillOrBeeKilled #ABeeKeepingMystery #NetGalley #CrookedLaneBooks

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When a boorish television star is murdered at her granny's festival, author Bailey Briggs uncovers blackmail, greed, and lust beneath her town's idyllic image. When her friend Evie becomes a primary suspect in the man's murder, Bailey will stop at nothing to prove her innocence.

I enjoyed the characters, humor, and fast=paced plot in this cozy mystery. There are several funny scenes involving Bailey and her friend Evie, as well as her great-aunts as they compete in the festival pageant. The mystery has some complexity, too, with lots of suspects, motives, and misdirection.

The information on beekeeping and the Colorado Rockies setting added to the appeal.

Thank you to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books, and author Jennie Marts for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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A fast-paced mystery with plenty of action and colorful characters.
Thank you to Jennie Marts, NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the arc of this book.

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Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of KILL OR BEE KILLED (Book 2 of the Bee Keeping Mystery series) by Jennie Marts in exchange for an honest review. It’s time for the annual Bee Festival, which means it’s an opportunity for Granny Bee and the Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch to shine. This year, the festival’s bake-off has drawn the attention of Hollywood, so a television crew is present to film the competition. When the celebrity host is murdered, Bailey’s best friend becomes the number one suspect and the Bee Festival’s success is endangered. So, Bailey, Granny Bee, and Granny Bee’s swarm of senior associates fly into action. They must save both Evie and the Bee Festival!

I liked this book and the first in the series. I recommend this book to fans of cozy murder mysteries featuring apiaries, honey, sassy grannies, senior sleuths, precocious children.

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Humble Hills, a charming town nestled in the heart of Colorado, is abuzz with anticipation as the annual Bee Festival approaches. Sponsored by Bailey’s Granny Bee and the Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch, this event promises a delightful weekend filled with festivities.

Picture this: a beauty pageant where local talents grace the stage, vying for the coveted title of Bee Queen. Meanwhile, seasoned experts conduct beekeeping demonstrations, revealing the fascinating world of these industrious insects. Culinary wizards battle it out in the local restaurant bake-off, creating sweet treats infused with the golden nectar of the bees. And don’t miss the heart-warming spectacle of the 3K Bear Run, where participants don bear costumes and sprint through the scenic hills.

But wait, there’s a twist! The bake-off takes centre stage, attracting a California TV crew eager to capture every flour-dusted moment. And then, tragedy strikes. The celebrity host, clutching her bracelet, meets an untimely demise. Suspicion falls squarely on Bailey’s best friend, Evie. Now, Bailey, Granny Bee, and their quirky gang of senior misfits embark on a mission to exonerate Evie.

Enter Sheriff Sawyer Dunn, who isn’t thrilled about Bailey’s amateur sleuthing. But Bailey won’t rest until she uncovers the truth, saves the cherished Bee Festival, and protects her loyal bestie.

This book had all the ingredients to be an astonishing book: a mystery, a strong sense of friendship and a captivating scenery. With such big expectations, it could have been easy to be let down by the novel. However, this could not be further from the truth. The characters were loveable, and you could easily empathise with them. The mystery was a REAL mystery. You really did not know who was the killer, and the hints slowly pointed you in the right directions at the same times as the characters followed the clues. Finally, the location felt like a believable cute little town I would love to visit.

The only aspect that felt a bit off was the daughter of the main character, Daisy. I sensed that she spoke like an adult, even though she was supposed to be a pre-teen. However, this small detail was not an obstacle to enjoy the cosy mystery novel.

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Kill or Bee Killed was such a delightful read. I finished it and wanted to read it again.

Love the overall storyline, characters, and ending.

Can't wait to read more by this author in the future.

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I enjoyed this book. I think the BeeHive book club is great! I liked how the story is done, it flows fast but doesn’t scrimp on the characters. I felt like I knew all of them. The reasoning behind much that happens is realistical and believable. #KillorBeeKilled #NetGalley

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Sizzles with snappy dialogue, action, and humor! I loved it! Thirty year old, Bailey Briggs is a mystery author living on Honeybuzz Mountain Ranch with her sweet Granny Bee (Blossom), in the Rocky Mountains. Along with her best friend, Evie, Bailey finds herself in all kinds of wacky situations! Sheriff Sawyer Dunn is Bailey’s romantic interest and he knows she is a lot to handle! She’s a single mom with a 12-year old daughter, Daisy, and their golden retriever, Cooper. Granny Bee’s in a book club—The Hive—and the members are a sassy bunch! Bailey’s Great Aunts Marigold and Aster are fun and feisty women; always up to a challenge.

When a murder occurs at the Annual Bee Festival, Evie is one of the top suspects. Of course, Bailey knows she’s innocent, and puts her sleuthing skills to work to expose the real murderer, helped by The Hive, family, and various acquaintances.

Humor galore throughout the story! The Great Aunts enter the Miss Honeybuzz Beauty Pageant, and it’s laugh-out-loud hilarious! The victim has a grim past, an alias, and knew some locals that he didn’t let on to—the question is, whodunnit? The author skillfully drops clues to help readers follow the premeditation—or is it to throw you off the real trail?

Prepare to be entertained! With an intriguing and amazing cast of colorful characters, Author Jennie Marts creates another 5 Star cozy mystery. I highly recommend this story and the first book in A Beekeeping Mystery series.

I honestly reviewed an unedited digital arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. All opinions are my own.

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